Olympics: Boxing Quarterfinals: 48kg; 60kg; 81kg

Athens 2004, Olympics Official Website
Aug 23 2004

Quarterfinals: 48kg; 60kg; 81kg.

ATHENS, 23 August – Fighters in the Light Fly Weight (48kg), Light
Weight (60kg) and Light Heavy Weight (81kg) categories are into the
quarterfinal stage on Tuesday, 24 August.

Teenage sensation Amir KHAN (GBR) will be fighting for a place in the
semifinals on the evening of Tuesday, 24 August, against Korean, BAIK
Jong Sub in the Light Weight division.

The world junior champion outclassed his first opponent, and then
demoralized Dimitar STILIANOV (BUL) in the round of 16, and is highly
fancied to reach the gold medal decider.

The first of the Light Weight (60kg) quarterfinals features two
boxers who had a bye in the preliminary round, Domenico VALENTINO
(ITA) and Serik YELEUOV (KAZ), with YELEUOV favoured to progress.

In the Light Fly Weight, southpaw Sergey KAZAKOV (RUS) should have
little trouble against Joseph JERMIA (NAM).

JERMIA was a late replacement in the Olympic Games tournament, while
KAZAKOV is the World Champion and three times European Champion.

Italian Alfonso PINTO meets Atagun YALCINKAYA (TUR) in the second
quarterfinal, with the Turkish boxer expected to be too strong for

World Championship silver medallist ZOU Shiming (CHN) has an awkward,
yet effective style and he face Armenian Aleksan NALBANDYAN in the
third quarterfinal, who eliminated Najah ALI (IRQ) in the round of
16, while ZOU accounted for Ethiopian Endalkachew KEBEDE.

In the last of the Light Fly Weight quarterfinals, HONG Moo Won (KOR)
does battle with Yan BHARTELEMY VARELA (CUB), with the Cuban expected
to win and qualify for the semifinals.

Mario Cesar KINDELAN MESA (CUB), then clashes with Rovshan HUSEYNOV
(AZE) in the third quarterfinal with the triple World Champion
expected to face a tough challenge from HUSEYNOV.

The last of the Light Weight quarterfinals features Ugandan Sam
RUKUNDO against Murat KRACHEV (RUS), with KRACHEV expected to reach
the semifinals.

The Light Heavy Weight (81kg) quarterfinals will bring the Greek
crowds to their feet, with the appearance of Elias PAVLIDIS (GRE)
against Ahmed ISMAIL (EGY), with PAVLIDIS seeking to become the first
Greek boxer to win an Olympic Games boxing medal.

The man expected to win gold in the Light Heavy Weight category,
Evgeney MAKARENKO (RUS) will clash with American Andre WARD, with the
vast experience and long reach of the Russian expected to see him
through to the semifinals.

The last of the Light Heavy Weight quarterfinals pits Yuping LEI
(CHN) against Magomed ARIPGADJIEV (BLR).

LEI upset the highly fancied Andriy FEDCHUK (UKR) in the round of 16,
while the boxer from Belarus scored a comfortable victory against
Edgar Ramon MUNOZ MATA (VEN).

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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